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A new grant fund to support local businesses improve performance and increase employment has been launched.

Financial support up to £10k is now available from the ‘Digital Development Fund’ to help businesses improve and grow by introducing and developing new digital systems into the workplace.

Awards will fund 50% of the cost up to £10k for various projects including buying new software, digital training for staff, online booking systems and building or maintaining websites.

Councillor Paul Garner, spokesperson for Economic Development said: “We provide a wide range of grant support for local businesses, all of which is available online.

“The new Digital Development Fund can provide much needed funding to help small to medium sized businesses grow by improving their online presence and to provide staff with modern tools to be more effective in the fast growing digital world.”

The Council was awarded £2.29m from the Scottish Government’s LACER fund to design and deliver targeted support to maximise economic recovery and respond to local circumstances and needs.

Businesses can find out more detailed information and apply on the Council’s website.